By Miriam Castro

Our Mentor Program supports seven experienced organizations (listed below) by offering targeted technical assistance or subject area expertise to small groups of “mentees.” Each selected team will be matched with an experienced mentor and will be eligible to receive up to $10,000 for participation; most awards are of $5,000 for groups of at least two organizations. The application period is open until January 22, 2021. Full program details and application instructions can be found here.

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DASH is a proud sponsor of the Stewards of Change Institute and its National Action Agenda. The NAA Symposium will take place January 25-26, 2021. Click on this link to learn more about the event, or you can register now.

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“We are excited to be working once again with such a stellar team of experts from across the country who have first-hand experience planning, facilitating and leading multisector collaborations and data-sharing efforts,” says Anna Barnes, Program Director of DASH’s National Program Office. “They help DASH expand not only our reach to a larger number of communities, but also the breadth and depth of programming we are able to offer.”

  • 2-1-1 San Diego bridges health and social services with an equity lens to create a comprehensive care structure. As a leader in this space and in its community, 2-1-1 San Diego helps others address health equity and develop innovative responses to this work. Review Mentor specifics here.
  • Elevate Health builds and deploys transformative, multisector strategies for equitable, whole-person health across life stages. They work collaboratively across sectors with partners and stakeholders to think and act strategically around health goals. Review Mentor specifics here.
  • University of Pittsburgh Center for Social and Urban Research is a hub for collaboration and interdisciplinary research relating to the social, economic, and health issues most relevant to our society. They also provide the technological and legal infrastructure for data sharing throughout Western Pennsylvania for public-sector agencies, academic institutions and nonprofit organizations. Review Mentor specifics here.
  • United Way Worldwide collaborates with local nonprofits, governments and the private sector to identify the most pressing community needs, and fights for solutions to improve health, financial stability and education success. They are also a national leader in information referral services. Review Mentor specifics here.
  • The Civic Canopy is a community-based organization transforming the way complex problems are solved. They have more than a decade of facilitating multisector collaboration, choosing community health indicators and addressing priorities. Review Mentor specifics here.
  • The Corporation for Supportive Housing is focused on housing solutions to improve the lives of the most vulnerable people, to maximize public resources and to build healthy communities. They created an open-source data-integration tool to help communities integrate homeless services and jail data in order to create a much more accurate illustration of an individual’s service needs. Review Mentor specifics here.
  • Center for Outcomes Research and Education (CORE) combines research, evaluation, analytics and consulting from within a large health care delivery system. Working across sectors in health care, housing, criminal justice and education, CORE collects and analyzes multisector data for community health improvement, policy change and system transformation. Review Mentor specifics here.

The DASH Program Office is using stories, lessons learned and program evaluation data from past Mentor cohorts to make improvements, identify opportunities for expanded learning and increase connections among mentee organizations. In addition to targeted technical assistance and one-on-one coaching, a new element for this year’s cohort are mentor-led webinar presentations on cross-cutting topics such as “Developing a Use Case,” “Stakeholder Buy-In” and “Equitable Approaches to Data Sharing.” Other ways that DASH facilitates peer-to-peer connections and knowledge sharing is through All In: Data for Community Health, a learning network of communities that are testing exciting new ways to systematically improve community health outcomes through multisector partnerships working to share data. All In programming includes webinar showcases such as the upcoming Alignment In Action on Thursday, January 28, 2021 from 11:30 p.m. to 12:30 p.m. CST (with expanded presenter-led Q&A from 12:30 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. CST), featuring the work of mentees from past rounds of the DASH Mentorship program: The United Way of Northern Shenandoah Valley, 2-1-1 Broward and Mentor Organization The United Way Worldwide, along with BUILD Health Challenge and United Way of Greater Milwaukee & Waukesha County. Other upcoming opportunities include newly reorganized affinity groups, which will be led by subject matter experts on topics as “Resource and Referral Platforms,” “Health and Housing,” “Community Information Exchange” and more. To learn more about our affinity groups, webinar showcases and other activities, sign up for the All In: Data for Community Health newsletter and join the All In Online Community. To learn more about the third round of the DASH Mentor Program and read FAQs about it, please visit the DASH website. That’s also where you can apply by January 22!   Miriam Castro is Program Manager of Data Across Sectors for Health, National Program Office  

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